Winter Olympics 2014

Baltic brothers Martins and Tomass Dukurs vying for skeleton gold

During the month preceding the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the same man emerged victorious from each of the five events on the FIBT Skeleton World Cup calendar. From Winterberg (GER) on 3 January to Schönau am Königsee (GER) on 26 January, a period that also included two races in St. Moritz (SUI) and one in Igls (AUT), Latvia's Martins Dukurs took top honours every single time. Even more remarkably, on each occasion he was joined on the podium by his elder brother, Tomass, who secured four second places and a third during the same period. For the dominant Dukurs brothers…
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Winter Olympics 2014

Niklas Edin aims for Swedish curling success in Sochi

On 7 April 2013 in Victoria (CAN), Niklas Edin and his fellow Swedes, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg and Viktor Kjäll, secured a place in Swedish sporting history. By beating Brad Jacobs' Canadian rink 8-6 in the final of the World Curling Championships, Sweden brought the home team's three-year global reign to an end, having dominated the entire tournament. In doing so, Edin and Co also became the first team to claim back-to-back European and world titles, having defeated neighbours Norway 8-5 four months earlier to secure the continental crown. “We took part in the last Olympic Games, and our principal…
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Winter Olympics 2014

Chinese aerialist, Xu Mengtao aiming for historic gold

Since her performance at Beida Lake (CHN) on 17 December 2010, Xu Mengtao has only twice failed to finish on the podium in the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup. In Deer Valley, on 10 January 2014, the Jilin-born aerialist extended her number of top-three finishes during that period to 20 (including11 victories). In total, since finishing third on her international debut as a 16-year-old in 2006 (also at Beida Lake), she has amassed 14 wins and 26 podium appearances in 36 competitive outings. She also has a World Cup title to her name, having topped the overall standings in 2012-2013,…
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Sochi 2014 Torch Relay nears conclusion

On Monday, the flame toured Maykop – approximately 260km from Sochi – with Torchbearers including Olympic weightlifting champion Mukharby Kirzhinov, Olympic handball silver medallist Anna Kareyeva and Paralympic shooting medallist Valery Ponomarenko. Krasnodar, meanwhile, saw a record number of Torchbearers in a single day, with 345 people enjoying the opportunity to carry the Olympic flame along a 63km route around the city. Among the Torchbearers were Olympic handball champion Eduard Koksharov, artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre ballet group Sergei Filin and Viktor Zakharchenko, the artistic director of the Kuban Cossack Choir. The final Torchbearer of the day was Irina…
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IOC announces the Young Reporters for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Following the success of the first programme launched at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the Young Reporters were again selected by the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees through a rigorous selection process. Representing each of the five continents, they are between the ages of 18 and 24 and are journalism students or have recently started their journalism careers. The initiative, which is one of the elements which make the YOG such a unique event and demonstrates the IOC's commitment to encouraging young people all over the world to be part of the YOG spirit, was developed as part…
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